Art museums on Long Island present a varied group of exhibitions in January 2017 ranging from politics to social upheaval to student art shows to North Fork photography. New exhibitions opening this month in Long Island museums can be found at the Islip Art Museum, the Hofstra University Museum and the Suffolk County Historical Society.

Hofstra University Museum unveils a historic photography show of images made while documenting the sixties civil rights movement taken by Danny Lyons. Islip Art Museum opens a group show exploring interpretations of structures and a solo photography show by Long Island artist Scott Farrell. The Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead unveils a new show of contemporary photography featuring documentary and fine art photography depicting the North Fork by three photographers.

Continue reading to discover the exhibitions on view in art museums located across Long Island from Nassau County to the East End.


“DAN FLAVIN: ICONS” continues through April 30, 2017. The five wall-mounted “icons” on view in the exhibition bridge the mediums of painting and sculpture. The box-like constructions with painted surfaces and attached light fixtures were created between 1961 and 1964.

ON PERMANENT VIEW is an installation by Dan Flavin (1933-1996) of nine works in fluorescent light made between 1963 and 1981. The exhibition follows Flavin’s art practice from when he began to work solely with standard fluorescent fixtures and tubes to just before the presentation of his new art form was realized.

Dan Flavin Art Institute is located on Corwith Avenue, about 1/2 block from Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. The museum is open weekends from noon to 6 p.m. For details and programming, visit


"STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL: PART I, GRADES K-8" opens January 14, 2017 and continues through February 12, 2017. An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, January 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Now in its 25th year, the Student Arts Festival celebrates young local artists in schools from Bridgehampton to Montauk. Over 3,500 works will be on view. Part II of the exhibition, showcasing the work of high school students, opens February 25, 2017.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.


"MORT KUNSTLER: THE NEW NATION" continues through April 2, 2017. This exhibition features Mort Künstler's most recent paintings that depict the story of our country's birth from settlement through the Revolutionary War and the inauguration of George Washington.

"NORMAN ROCKWELL AND FRIENDS: AMERICAN ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE MORT KUNSTLER COLLECTION" continues through March 5, 2017. The exhibition features works by masters from the Golden Age of American Illustration. Artists on view include Edwin Austin Abbey, Howard Chandler Christy, Dean Cornwell, Charles Dana Gibson, Winslow Homer, J.C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth, among others.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is located at 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY


"POLITICAL SLANT II: EDITORIAL CARTOONS" continues through March 12, 2017. This exhibition features works by caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast for historical context along with works by award-winning editorial cartoonists Matt Davies, Walt Handelsman, Mike Keefe, Steve Kelley, and Signe Wilkinson that offer commentary on our current national election process, candidates, and key issues.

"DANNY LYON: MEMORIES OF THE SOUTHERN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT" opens January 31, 2017. The exhibition features photographs by Danny Lyon, taken from 1962 to 1964 while traveling across the country documenting the Civil Rights Movement.


"March on Washington" by Danny Lyon, August 28, 1963. Photograph, 16 x 20 inches. ©Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

"March on Washington" by Danny Lyon, August 28, 1963. Photograph, 16 x 20 inches. ©Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.


The Hofstra University Museum is located at 112 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549.

The Emily Lowe Gallery is located at Emily Lowe Hall on the South Campus. The David Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library on the South Campus.


"THE STRUCTURE OF THINGS" opens January 15, 2017 and continues through March 12, 2017. An after-hours event and Reception takes place on January 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. The show, curated by Beth Giacummo, presents interpretations of structures found in everyday lives resulting in new forms expressed through painting, drawing, installation and mixed media.

The exhibition will also feature interactive sound architecture that inspires the way we use music and creativity in our daily environments. Exhibiting artists are Darlene Charneco, Heejung Cho, Corydon Cowansage, Linda Ganjian, Linda Louis, Maria Sophia Macedonio, Clayton Orehek, Jack Licitra and Danny Tanzi.

"ELEMENTAL EXPOSURE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT FARRELL" opens January 15, 2017 and continues through March 12, 2017. An after-hours event and Reception takes place on January 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. Scott Farrell’s photographic works are created by capturing organic materials and how the effects of nature’s elements such as water, wind, and extreme temperatures transform these materials.

The Islip Art Museum is located at 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730.


LongHouse is closed for the season but is open by appointment from Monday through Saturday by calling the LongHouse office at 631-329-3568. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937.


The Long Island Museum's art galleries will be closed through February 23, 2017 for installation. The Carriage Museum is closed through February 1, 2017. The Long Island Museum is located at 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790. For details and programming, visit


"SIGHT AND FEELING: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANSEL ADAMS" continues through March 5, 2017. This exhibition of Ansel Adams' photographs from the KIA collection suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs.

"LIGHT WORKS: A CENTURY OF PHOTOGRAPHY" continues through March 5, 2017. This exhibition is a survey of photography processes and subjects from 1873 to 2000. Photographers on view include Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson and many others.

"LONG ISLAND COLLECTS: PHOTOGRAPHY" continues through March 5, 2017. The show seeks to focus on significant photographic works created from the 1960s through the present day. This survey of photographic works from private collectors reflects the cultural and social factors prominent to their era.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive (just off Northern Blvd, Route 25A), Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576.


"ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS" continues through January 16, 2017. Artists Choose Artists is the Museum’s juried exhibition open to artists working in all media and living on the East End of Long Island. Seven distinguished artists serve as jurors, each selecting two artists for the exhibition, which also includes the work of the jurors. This year's jurors include Tina Barney, Lynda Benglis, Donald Lipski, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Cindy Sherman and Leo Villareal.

RELATED: 'Artists Choose Artists' Opens at The Parrish Art Museum" and "ART REVIEW: Parrish Exhibit Reveals the Power of Artists Choosing Artists."

"2017 STUDENT ART EXHIBITION" opens on January 28 and continues through February 26, 2017. The exhibition features art made by over 1,000 students attending schools on Eastern Long Island. Also on view is work created by students in Artist-in-Residence workshops at the Parrish with artists exhibiting in "Artists Choose Artists" including Suzanne Anker, Anne Bae, Monica Banks, Ben Butler and Saskia Friedrich.

"THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: MATERIALITY AND PROCESS" continues through October 30, 2017. The exhibition pulled from the museum's collection explores materials and the hand of the artist, bringing substance and gesture to the fore through a series of thematic mini-exhibitions.

RELATED: 'The Permanent Collection: Materiality and Process' Opens at The Parrish Art Museum."

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976.


The Museum is closed for the winter. It re-opens on March 1, 2017. The Southampton Historical Museum & Research Center’s main campus is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.


"A TIME PORTAL TO THE NORTH FORK: PHOTOGRAPHS OF RIVERHEAD TO ORIENT POINT" has an Opening Reception Saturday, Janaury 28, 2017 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The exhibition features documentary and fine art photography depicting the North Fork by local photographers Neil Scholl, Peter Dicke and Wendy Polhemus-Annibell in the Weathervane Gallery. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2017. The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901.

"HISTORIC REFLECTIONS OF THE TEN TOWNS" continues through March 2017. In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the Society (1886 – 2016), the exhibition will illustrate Suffolk County’s ten towns in the decade of the society's founding.

“FULLERTON’S LONG ISLAND: THE LURE OF THE LAND” continues through March 2017. The exhibition features over 70 large-sized historic photographs from the museum’s Hal B. Fullerton Collection. Curated by Neil Scholl and Peter Dicke.

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS: Six historical exhibitions culled from the SCHS collections. The Syliva Downs Staas Gallery presents paintings and furniture from the 18th – 20th centuries. Permanent exhibitions include “So Ends This Long Journey”, “Early Suffolk Farm Life and The Rise of Crafts”, “Early Suffolk Transport”, “From Near and Far: Ceramics in Suffolk County Households, 1750-1870” and “Arms & Armament”.

The Suffolk County Historical Society is located at 300 West Main St., Riverhead, NY


BASIC FACTS: Museum Look, a round-up of art exhibitions at museums on Long Island, is published monthly at For a list of museums exhibiting art on Long Island, New York City and South Florida, visit our Museum Guide by clicking here.


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